Cyrus is only the fifth performer to land two #1 albums as a teenager. She follows LeAnn Rimes, who was also 15 when she landed her second #1 album; Hilary Duff and Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block, who were both 17; and Britney Spears, who was 18. (To break the tie between Rimes and Cyrus, we have to count months. Rimes was just 15 and one month when she landed her second #1 album in 1997. Cyrus is 15 and eight months.)
Other teen stars to land #1 albums are Tiffany (who was 16 when she topped the chart in 1988), Bobby Brown (19 when he scored in 1989), Debbie Gibson (18 in 1989), the rap duo Kris Kross (13 and 14 in 1992), Christina Aguilera (18 in 1999), Avril Lavigne (19 in 2004) and Ashlee Simpson (19 in 2004)-plus Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block, Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake from *NSYNC and Beyonce from Destiny's Child.
Only five of these chart-topping teen phenoms have made it back to #1 past their 25th birthdays. Brown was 27 when he returned to #1 as part of New Edition's reunion album, Home Again. Wonder was 26 when he landed his most recent #1 album, the classic Songs In The Key Of Life. Timberlake, Aguilera and Beyonce were all 25 when they scored with, respectively, FutureSex/LoveSounds, Back To Basics and B'Day. Will Cyrus one day join this roster of teen idols who made the transition to adult pop stardom? Time will tell.
Breakout sold 371,000 copies in its first week. That's Cyrus' biggest opening week to date. Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus started a year ago with sales of 326,000.
Hit singles, such as the sassy "See You Again," have helped give Cyrus credibility apart from the Hannah identity. Cyrus has 10 songs on this week's top 200 Hot Digital Songs chart, the most anyone has had in one week since David Cook put 17 songs on the chart in the week following his American Idol victory. All but two of the 12 songs on Cyrus' album are listed on the download chart. Her highest-ranking song is "7 Things," which dips a notch to #4.
Cyrus is a second-generation chart-topper. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus logged 17 weeks at #1 in 1992 with his debut album, Some Gave All. The Cyruses are one of only two families in which both a parent and a child have had #1 albums. The other? The Coles. Nat "King" Cole hit #1 in 1957 with Love Is The Thing. Daughter Natalie Cole reached the top spot in 1991 with her tribute to her dad, Unforgettable With Love.
Both Breakout and Love On The Inside debut with sales in excess of 300,000. It's the first time that two albums have debuted with sales above that level since November, when Jay Z's American Gangster and Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Hits both started that big. Love On The Inside sold 314,000 copies, which constitutes the biggest sales week for a country album in 2008. It tops two albums that debuted at #1-George Strait's Troubadour (166,000) and Alan Jackson's Good Time (119,000). All of Sugarland's sales were for a "deluxe fan edition." The pared-down, regular edition hits stores this week, which should give the album a very solid second week.
Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" tops Hot Digital Songs for the sixth straight week. Only one other hit by a female artist has topped this chart for six or more weeks. That would be Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl," which led the way for nine weeks in 2005. "I Kissed A Girl" sold 151,000 downloads this week, bringing its total so far to 1,879,000.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 albums.
Three albums drop out of the top 10 this week. John Mellencamp's Life Death Love And Freedom falls from #7 to #16. David Banner's The Greatest Story Ever Told slips from #8 to #20. Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad dips from #10 to #11.
Nine Inch Nails' The Slip debuts at #13. This is the band's seventh album to make the top 15; its second in a row to reach that level of success despite first being offered as a free download. Ghosts I-IV bowed at #14 in April.
Candlebox's Into The Sun opens at #32. This is the band's first album since Happy Pills 10 years ago. (They could have called this one Well Rested.) The Seattle-based band debuted (and peaked) in 1993 with an eponymous album that went top 10.Two popular bands, no strangers to live albums, enter the chart with digital-only live releases. U2's Live From Paris opens at #54. Counting Crows' Live From Soho bows at #66.
Blues legend Buddy Guy lands the highest-charting album of his career as Skin Deep bows at #68. The singer/guitarist first charted in 1991 with Damn Right, I've Got The Blues.
At The Movies: As you've no doubt heard by now, The Dark Knight has grossed $313.7 million at the box-office in just two weeks. It's already more than halfway to the mark set by the all-time box-office champ, Titanic, which has grossed $600.8 million. The soundtrack album from Titanic was also a smash. James Horner's score, augmented by a Celine Dion smash, has sold 10,117,000 copies, a total topped by only one soundtrack (The Bodyguard) in Nielsen/SoundScan history. Alas, the soundtrack from The Dark Knight is showing no signs of becoming a Titanic-style smash. The album, featuring a score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, dips from #20 to #23 in its second week on the chart. Why the disparity? Never underestimate the power of a ubiquitous radio hit. "Aggressive Expansion," the key download from The Dark Knight, is no "My Heart Will Go On."
ABBA's Gold-Greatest Hits holds at #1 on the Catalog Albums chart for the second straight week. It sold 22,000 copies this week and would have ranked #19 on the big chart if older, catalog albums were allowed to compete there. Three ABBA classics-"Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," and "Take A Chance On Me"-move up on Hot Digital Songs.
Ups & Downs: Two albums-the Mamma Mia! soundtrack and the Legally Blonde cast album-experienced sales increases of 84% this week, more than any other non-debuting album. Mamma Mia! was a stage musical that was turned into a movie. Legally Blonde was a movie that was turned into a stage musical. Can anyone in entertainment come up with an original idea anymore?! (Just asking.) Legally Blonde re-enters the chart at #165 with its highest weekly sales tally since October. On the down side, O.A.R.'s All Sides fell from #13 to #50, with a 67% sales drop, the steepest decline of any album in the top 200.
Heads Up: Kidz Bop Kids' Kidz Bop 14 will enter the chart next week, along with Third Day's Revelation and Scars On Broadway's Scars On Broadway, a side project by Daron Malakian, guitarist in System Of A Down.
- Miley Cyrus